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Testimony continues in Gibson's capital murder trial

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William Clyde Gibson was escorted to court on Oct. 21 for the first day of testimony in his capital murder trial. William Clyde Gibson was escorted to court on Oct. 21 for the first day of testimony in his capital murder trial.
The body of Christine Whitis, a friend of Gibson's mother was found in his garage in April of 2012. The body of Christine Whitis, a friend of Gibson's mother was found in his garage in April of 2012.

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Testimony continued for a second day Tuesday in the murder case of William Clyde Gibson III.

Gibson is charged with capital murder in the death of 75-year-old Christine Whitis, a friend of his late mother's. Prosecutors say he lured Whitis to his home in April of 2012 by telling her he was grieving for his mother and needed someone to talk to, and that Gibson said he intended to have sex with Whitis.

That's when prosecutors say Gibson sexually assaulted Whitis, who Gibson said "freaked out" when he grabbed her breast, asking him, "What would your mother think?  You know she's watching you from heaven."

Prosecutors say during a police interview he admitted using a kitchen knife to cut off one of her breasts and dragging her body to the garage.  He told the interviewer, "It must have been some kind of trophy thing, I guess."

Gibson's lack of emotion made the interviews all the more chilling.  Floyd Co. Prosecutor Keith Henderson said, "Yes, I think they're very straight-forward.  That's a good observation.  There doesn't seem to be a lot of emotion, at least what we've observed from the beginning to the end.

Prosecutors are also calling into question Gibson's alleged timeline.  They believe the evidence, including discarded duct tape found near Whitis's body indicate she may have been held captive hours before she was killed.  Henderson says, "It's our belief, based on what's been entered into evidence so far, that this occurred over a period of, you know, 24 to 30 hours.  And that's what we do know.  And again, I think, as the evidence unfolds and the witnesses testify in the next few days, that hopefully we can bring more clarity to that."

Gibson is also accused of killing 53-year-old Karen Hodella in 2002 and 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk in 2012. Kirk's body was found a week after police discovered Whitis' body. Kirk had been missing for more than a month before her body was discovered.

Because of pre-trial publicity, jurors were chosen from Dearborn County, Indiana, and brought to New Albany where they will remain sequestered for the duration of the trial. 

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